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At least 18 Islamic State fighters, including one Chinese, were killed and five armored personnel carriers were destroyed by Kurdish forces in northern Syria, where the IS took over three more Kurdish villages, in addition to the over 60 villages already seized in the area. The IS executed 11 Kurds near Ayn al Arab, including two boys, and two other people in Manbej. Bombardment by the Lebanese Army in the Qalamoun wastelands killed 11 fighters from the Islamic Front and the Al Nusrah Front. Eleven Syrian officers and soldiers held captive by Al Nusrah begged for a prisoner exchange. The Brigade of Fallojet Horan clashed with Al Nusrah in Deraa.
The Islamic State is gaining ground in Aleppo province, where it has now captured 21 Kurdish villages in the north near the Turkish border, in an offensive that began in early July. Kurdish YPG forces defending the area claimed at the time that the IS had used chemical weapons against them. Regime airstrikes targeted IS-held areas of al Bab city in Aleppo, killing at least 15 people. The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front continued to shell the Christian town of Maharde in Hama. Al Nusrah, the Islamic Front, Ansar al Din battalion, and rebels clashed with regime forces in Aleppo. An Al Nusrah court in Idlib executed a suspected spy. The head of the Free Syrian Army said it will stand by the US in fighting the "twin threats" of the Assad regime and the Islamic State. Since the US vowed on Sept. 10 to defeat the IS, some 162 fighters have joined its training camps in Aleppo, including 147 Syrians who previously fought for Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front, and four Australians who came through Turkey.